Art of Conversation

Figure in the Garden 8×10 oil on board

In the art of conversation, great listening skills prioritize listening, rather than reacting to the speaker. 

Focusing on the conversation, and not dwelling on contributing can be challenging. 

Characteristics of good listeners include patience, compassion, and observation. Communication reaches beyond vocal, using body language, tone of voice, and variations in speech. Words alone can mean very different things to others. Expressions communicate different emotions for each individual. 

Clarity of understanding is possible when listening without judgement, observing, and absorbing all information as it’s presented.

This is how I consider my work, subject matter, and audience. 

Sunset Light 11×14 oil on canvas $770.oo

While in nature, there can be a sense of urgency for the brush, to react, to paint it before I forget. Like in conversation, it can be at the expense of losing that engagement. Without complete focus important elements can be missed. 

Patience is key.

Recognizing my personal influence may reflect in the work helps me to step back, remember my purpose, which is not to self express, but to communicate. To serve you, and in a way, to serve nature. To connect you with wilderness in a positive uplifting way. 

Recalling intention offers a sense of newness to experience, and surprisingly, relaxation. 

Leaving ego out of it, with intention to be of service brings open minded observation. I’m at once immersed, with a wealth of sensations, emotion and wonderment on what is going on in the natural world at that very moment. A witness.

In my process, contemplation may be more time consuming than physically painting. By the time brush touches the canvas, I have already been in this kind of deep listening mode. 

An important skill in art is to reduce what we call ‘the noise’ in a scene. To bring forth the important elements, without bogging down the viewer with buckets of needless information. Stimulation overload, without quiet spaces, or neutral zones can be confusing and overwhelming to the viewer.

Have you ever sat in a busy loud place trying focus on conversation with one person while chaos erupts all around? 

Artists learn the ability to tune in, and tune out what isn’t relevant or important. It’s a trained skill anyone can acquire.

the Gardener 24×30 oil on canvas
Dawn & Myah 2012

Worthy elements in and outside conversation, patience, compassion, observation, focus are displayed richly in all forms of art.

Our first language was in art form. Drawings communicated, brought clarity to events and geography. Art educated, connected people, defined cultures, recorded families and historical events.

It still does.~

P.S For a truly enjoyable read, I highly recommend Robert Genn’s 2013 newsletter “Patience” which includes one of my favourite stories by Jill Ashton-Leigh.

“It is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.” James Allen.

“I don’t prefer music while I paint, it’s nice to listen to the sound of crickets from the open window.” Myah

Pink Clouds and Quality Sleep

Achieving quality sleep can be elusive to many of us. You may not think art, what you display, how you display it can inspire sleep, but it can.

I share elements to consider when creating a restful environment for quality sleep in my newest Instagram video.

see link here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKW5cBkghiQ/?igshid=xu4j0bcfbrhm

New work this week:

Pink Clouds ( feel the light and delight in pink clouds) 14×18 original oil $910.oo

and Winter Haven ( peaceful haven where chickadees gather) 8×10 original oil $500.oo

From my Parents private collection, rare early originals are available for purchase. These originals express exploration in drawing with charcoal & coloured charcoal. The Canadian Park painting exhibits realistic style transferring to canvas, and glimpse of discovery of colour. They range in size: All untitled, as they were always in my parents collection. My Mom had these framed immediately, and displayed them with pride in the family home.

( Elder) 1988 8×10 charcoal sketch framed $500.oo

( Portrait simple sketch study ) 1980’s In right in photo 16×20 framed $700.oo

( Lady portrait, detailed sketch) 1986 Centre in photo~ coloured charcoal framed 18×13 $1,030.oo

( Landscape)1995 original acrylic 16×20 $1,030.00

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Thank you for your business & for your wonderful response & letters!

~ Please note: Feb 1 price increase will be in effect.

How to Boost your Mood & Creativity

Hello Art Family!

Thanks so much for your great response on Friday’s new video release “How to Boost Your Mood & Creativity”! (see Link here)

Thanks for your tremendous response on all the newest videos. It’s a pleasure to serve you in ways that involve art and beyond.

I am excited to unveil two new paintings!

“After the Storm” was a lesson in patience. Many of you love the large sky paintings, requesting this genre on smaller canvas to work with your budget. This 8×10 is my first attempt of this style on a small canvas. It required just as much work as the large ones, and more patience. Thank you for your suggestion, and for keeping me on my toes. I am so happy with the result. It has the detail depth of light, with a nice balance of fresh brushstrokes.

After the Storm 8×10 oil on canvas $500.oo

The second has been swirling in my mind for awhile. This painting is all about gratitude, nostalgia, and communication.

Having the opportunity to grow up in Provincial parks, live and explore in some of the most beautiful regions of this country, I wanted to pay homage both to Canadian wilderness and vintage art prints that advertised parks and natural spaces. In order to do this, I needed a less textured feel, clean lines, less detail. Acrylic is perfect for this style of painting. 

The subject matter is one of great love, the Canadian boreal forest, a region I wish to revisit and paint consistently. 

I also wanted this painting to have the feel of a Canadian stamp, so I applied the same font style, and canvas size perspective. 

Living remotely growing up, long distance phone calls were outrageously expensive. We relied on handwritten letters to keep in touch with family and friends afar. It was always a delight to retrieve the mail and feel that connection with loved ones. 

Recently people have returned to sending handwritten letters and cards. Humanity is craving tangible connectedness, and these help satisfy that need. Compared to electronic communication, the tactile feeling of holding a card with a handwritten message is very special. I love the idea that we are finding ways to enlighten each others lives. In physical separation, there is still a sense of unity and togetherness.

It’s also brought my attention to the possibility of creating a selection of art cards for sale. More on this to come.

Canada” ( Boreal Sunrise) 9×12 original acrylic on canvas $530.oo

Referring back to the video focus on positive emotion combined with movement, I wanted to share these little nests I created with pure delight, from wire and blue clay.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work, wishing you all health & happiness.

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.Martin Luther King Jr. 

Attention

This new painting is all about paying attention.

My initial inclination for the first painting of 2021 was of the dramatic skies I have been experiencing on my early sunrise runs.

Yet it occurred to me, much of my focus in the recent year is paying attention to the small things I am truly grateful for. It’s easy to be grateful for the big stuff, for health, love of family and work success. Of having work at all.

The easily forgotten tiny gifts we experience daily keep life abundant in so many ways. Daily treasures of delight, noticeable when you really look. It might be the friendly wave of a neighbour that keeps you buoyant thru the day, a small act of kindness, or the discovery of a new flower in your garden, transported from an unknown source.

It’s easy to see and feel the inspiration in a dramatic landscapes with a brilliant sunrise and feel joy witnessing miraculous skies overhead.

It may not be so easy in what appears to be a cold snowy hilltop scattered with brown bushes, and sky overhead seemingly void of dramatic colour.

Yet when you stop, and pay attention, it’s teeming with beauty. Reflective light of the morning sun in the fresh clean snow. Lavender and rich cobalt blues dramatize windswept banks and shadows. Hints of deer tracks pepper along the ridge. Warm whisper of the sunrise appears on the crest.

If we pay attention and allow ourselves to be absorbed in the moment, there is colour and life everywhere. The evolution of change in the promise of new beginnings lay before us.

Art can be a gift of this daily reminder.

This new 9×12 original is available for purchase. My intention is to create a much larger version of this glorious landscape.

Cheers friends, thanks for the welcome back.

9×12 Snowy Hilltop original oil $530.oo

The studio is open for pick up, delivery and shipping. I am excited to hear from you!

Last Post of the Year!

Thank you for your incredible response on the recent work! Your encouragement fuels me. It’s wonderful to connect with you, hear your stories, and to be contributing to your art collections. 

I am super excited about the body of work I have created this year, and continue to stretch my boundaries.

While creating this latest sky painting, a science phenomenon came to mind, which is,” to immediately boost your mood… look up.” 

The science behind this practice states head position dramatically affects mood. It has encouraged me to reflect on what we do to lift our spirits, and the part art plays in this.

Recent collectors mention the positive role the paintings has in your lives. It’s so motivating to see you choose powerful vibrant colour and immersive skies to infuse your spaces.

They are part of a whole that we create in living consciously, knowing we are a product of our environments. Choices matter. Who we keep company with, how we nourish, body and spirit, and what we surround ourselves with matter. I am so inspired by your proactiveness and steadfast commitments!

This is my full time career, without your collection of the work, the art wouldn’t exist. Thank you for this and for following the newsletters, social media, sharing the art, letters & links with friends, colleagues, and fellow art collectors.

I will be available to assist with your art collections, with many original selections for you to choose from until Nov 26, when the studio closes for the remainder of the year. I am excited to hear from you!

I am always available by email and phone if you wish to stay in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you wellness & joy always, d

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NEW WORK! ~SKIES~ yet to be titled

3ftx4ft original oil ~ $4,345.oo

20×30 original oil~ $1,650.oo

Exciting New Work & News!

You have 3 weeks to purchase paintings at 2019 pricing!

If you are considering art for yourself, or gift giving, consider original art handmade with love. Celebrate being a patron of small business. 

Now is the time to secure your favourite or favourites! Paintings are wrapped securely and Shipping is done promptly. E transfer makes the transaction safe and easy. Locally, I am available for safe deliveries or pick up. Shipping will be available until Nov 24.

One of the advantages of having the gallery and studio filled with new work is the opportunity to explore my creative reach. It’s given me time to test new tools, and focus on new concept ideas. I have been knee deep in paint.

Assessing the work with thoughtful approach includes culling paintings, and being a strict self critic on what doesn’t make the cut.

I may wrestle with wasting precious material and time, but growth includes failure and risk. Offering you my best, means pushing creative boundaries. I have a bright vision of where I want the work to go, and it’s so very exciting!

I am feeling a vibrant emergence in the new work, and hope you can feel it too.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sending healthy, happy. warm thoughts to you all.

New~ !!!

Red Sky 9×12 oil on canvas – squeegee $530.oo

Autumn Tree 6×8 oil on board $400.oo

Autumn Light 18×14 oil on canvas $910.oo

Ski 12×24 oil on canvas $1,030.oo

( Grass & Sky 6×8 NFS)

Birch and Purple Sky  16×20  $1.030.oo

Lake Sunset 9×12  $530.oo

Home

Until the pictures were up, she never considered her house a home, my client said. “They are the most deeply personal items in the home.”

Pictures are windows and gateways. They are treasured memories, connections to family, travels, culture, and nature.

Think about who you are when you walk into a room, and when you leave it. 

That room, and everything in it, will influence you to degrees you don’t even consciously recognize. 

Each room has a purpose to serve you in some way:

~Does the kitchen inspire healthy meals, collective gatherings, celebrations?

~Do the home office & gym induce productivity, energetic efficiencies and focus?

~Is the bedroom relaxing?

~ how do the artwork and pictures contribute? do they reflect the emotional experience you desire? do they infuse you?

Great art, is as much about who we are, what we strive for, how we restore.

Art can transform. In our every day spaces, that’s so important. 

Arriving and emerging from restorative dwellings fuels energy for life’s demands, peaks and valleys.

Decisions of what you surround yourself with matters. Habitat is life foundation.

Who you are begins within these spaces. Home is where we express individuality and celebrate connectivity to each other. It is an energy source,  where we nourish, body and spirit. 

Walk around your spaces consciously and decide what does and doesn’t serve you. 

Choose what nourishes you, brings joy, and reminds you that you are not alone.

Healthy, replenished, and happy people express more loving kindness and rational decision making. They handle crisis better, and contribute big ideas. Creativity and innovation soar. Choose the good stuff, because you, and those around you deserve it.

~ NEW Waterfall ~ 16×20 original oil $1,030.oo

All artwork shown available for purchase with the exception of collectors photos: Lavender bedroom/ Ocean bedroom/ water lily office/ tundra canoe.

Natural Spaces & Country Living Appeal

Rural living is gaining popularity. Benefits include more accessible nature spaces, peacefulness and lower cost of living.  “We had one request a week to move out of the city last year. Now, it’s several a day,” a realtor said. 

Health is on people’s minds, another reason folk turn to the country. Nourishment is a huge appeal, of body, mind and spirit.

When you can walk to the orchard or farm down the road for produce, farm to table becomes reality. Freedom of congested areas offers not just the physical, but also emotional and psychological positivity of having space. 

Friends who run a farm b&b said people are flocking from the city, looking for nature, peace and quiet. Arriving with plans to tour the area, they find themselves in such a state of relaxation, they stay put. Enjoying fresh local fare made by their host and beautiful countryside becomes the draw.

Country living has another unique feature, the sense of community rural life brings. City dwellers are becoming more engaged with local farmers, venturing to the farm markets rather than choosing the fare at their local grocer. Desire for connection and community togetherness is perhaps stronger now than ever.

 If you grew up watching the Waltons, or enjoy Home Reno shows like Fixer Upper, country living is represented with strong familial bonds. 

Growing up in Saskatchewan, I have found this often true. In “Farm” I have purposely painted the farm buildings connected to one another to express this. The farm cocooned in light, exhibits the light of family love.

Farmhouse one of the most requested design styles.

One idea being, if you wish for the feel of country living, create it. 

Spending so much time at home in recent months, it is important for dwellings to boost quality of life, and function for your family. A recent comment stuck with me, “think of who you are when walk into a room, and who you are when you leave it. A room must fill you up, restore and energize you. How you create that space is critical to well being.”

~ Art is an intersection of many human needs. Carl Andre.

Art touches the soul… art is communication… it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing. Nina Baldwin.

~ Mountainside wildflowers 8×8 oil on canvas $450.oo

~Harvest 16×20 oil on canvas $1,030.oo

~ Field 16×20 oil on canvas $1,030.oo

~ Farm 18×36 oil on board $2000.oo

~ Morning Sun ( boreal) 8×10 oil on canvas $500.oo

~ the Leamington Exhibit closes this weekend! Hope you make it to the beautiful venue and show!